I've customized my terminal theme but I'd like to be able to share it with people. I know I've been able to download ".terminal" files, in the past. Where are these files located on a Mac?


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Here's how to export a Terminal theme (profile settings) from Terminal->Help->Terminal Help, search for "exporting".

To export a theme (profile settings file):

Export profile settings

  • Choose Terminal->Preferences, then click Profiles
  • Drag a profile from the Profiles list to the Finder

Terminal creates a settings file in the Finder that can be used on another computer.

To import a profile setting:

Import a settings file

If you want to use the settings from another computer, you can import a Terminal settings file from that other computer.

The file name of the Terminal settings file usually ends with a “.terminal” extension.

Before you can import the settings file, it must be exported from the other system and placed in a location where you can access it.

  • Choose Terminal > Preferences, then click Profiles.
  • In the Finder, locate the settings file, then drag it to the Profiles list.
  • Whats wrong with Shell→Export Settings? This also keeps the theme, I use this all the time.
    – Maximus
    Sep 25, 2016 at 10:20
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    @Maximus Nothing is wrong with Shell->Export Settings. It exports the profile of the current session. However, the Help instructions are available and they show how to export any profile and how to import them as well, so I decided to answer the question that way.
    – creidhne
    Sep 25, 2016 at 10:27

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